BH-825EB9: Early-Medieval equal arm brooch

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Unique ID: BH-825EB9

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper-alloy brooch of early Anglo-Saxon date (c. 450-550). Both the headplate and footplate are essentially triangular, with gently incurved sides to the triangles and rounded corners. The original shape of both may be slightly different, as the edges are worn. There are double-crescentic stamps around all the edges of both head and foot plates.

The bow is low and arched, and triangular in cross-section, with a flat reverse and an arris down the front. Each end, where it joins the terminals, is pointed; the headplate end has a longer, narrower point than the footplate end.

On the reverse of the headplate is a single pin bar lug with iron corrosion around, pierced but now broken through the piercing and incomplete. On the reverse of the footplate is a catchplate, also now incomplete.

Length 41.8mm, maximum width 17.3mm, maximum thickness 8.3mm. Weight 4.65g.

See examples from graves at Blacknall Field 26 (Ager in Annable and Eagles 2010, 27-28) and from Frilford, now in the British Museum (1867,0204.8). None of these are quite as close as PAS records IOW-C104C1 and NMS-1BE176, which share the same pointed ends to the bow. Similar stamps are found on many early Anglo-Saxon brooches.

Class: long equal arm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.8 mm
Width: 17.3 mm
Thickness: 8.3 mm
Weight: 4.65 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st February 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Harvey Cross
Secondary identifier: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 16/7 - 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Wycombe (District)
To be known as: Longwick-cum-Ilmer

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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